Which this year went for two whole days and three nights!! Because the only thing better than Greazefest is more Greazefest! This event seriously gets better every year, and I take my hat off to Lori Lee and her amazing army; I can't even begin to imagine the amount of work they all put in to make Greazefest the phenomenon it is.
So the three kids & myself primed cameras, stocked up on snacks and sunscreen and headed off on Saturday to check out the action. We had a list of people to catch up with, market stalls to check out, bands we wanted to see....and the cars! My favourite thing about Greazefest is how we all get involved; a lot of their school friends go, so they get to catch up with buddies while I hug people and squeal. My 9 year old Ben has caught the camera bug himself, so he was crazily snapping cars and people and having a fine old time.
I had arranged to meet up with some of my favourite Pinups, and they were all in full posing mode when we got there, so we picked our favourite cars and started snapping away! Unfortunately I didn't get to photograph everyone I wanted to; a lot of the girls were busy doing promotions for various clothing designers and retail stores, and there were still more coming on Sunday or later in the day that I missed out on....a bit sad, but there's always next year! Besides, there are always more than enough photographers to go around, so I get to enjoy their beautiful photos anyway!
We just ran up to the stage in time for the 1:30 fashion parades; there were lots more than last year, its wonderful seeing so many thriving local businesses and designers, as well as our amazing local models strutting their stuff. I snapped pictures of quite a few; mostly catching my mate Billie Bossanova modelling for Western WAC as well as Frankie Felon, Madeleine Mayhem, Lenore Noir, Ali Darling, Bambi Blaze, and Cin Walm modelling for the lovely Ursula of Ursulady in Stones Corner. As well as being amazingly creative, Ursula is one of the nicest people in the Brisbane scene & I always send girls to her shop for pinup-y things, as I know she'll look after them like family!
Then I took a quick trip around the markets, stopping in to say hi to Lauren Rebelle; she's just set up Queen of Hearts, a very exciting new mag that I can't wait to get my hands on....more on that when I snap up a first run copy very soon! Dead End Dames had a lot of very beautiful new designs that I wanted to spend more time looking at, but the kids were complaining of starvation, so I got dragged off for chips and dagwood dogs and lots more very nutritious food. They ran into mates then, so I got to have a good old mum-catch up while they hung around looking cool and sophisticated together.
There was still so much I wanted to look at! I was dying to see the art exhibition; I still haven't seen Rastra Lyall's new work, and there were amazing pinstriping artists as well as even more lowbrow art than ever....but then the baby decided he'd had enough so we had to call it quits and go home. I did get to see Bettie Butcher in action being photographed with the Vintage hearse, so I'm impatiently waiting to see those photos, and I dropped by My Little Rockabilly to snap up some late afternoon bargains before limping back to the car...my feet are more at home in Docs than wedges, and I paid for it!
Whew!! I loved every minute of the day, and can't wait til next year....I'd love to catch more music and maybe get to one of the evening events.....hey, a gal can dream! Hope you all had as much fun, I'm loving everyone's photos on Facebook! More photos I took can be found here! xxx Liz